LeanBlog Podcast #88 – Jim Baran on Lean Talent Management


Episode #88 is a conversation with a returning guest, Jim Baran of the firm Career Kaizen  (he is @CareerKaizen on Twitter, also).   In this podcast, Jim talks about a shift in his firm's business model away from traditional recruiting and placement to helping companies manage Lean talent within their organization. We've structured the discussion to follow somewhat of a “Verbal A3” format, so I hope that helps.

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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


  1. Podcast #88 covers a broad topic – the use of social networking technology to create sustainable business value.

    I enjoyed working with Mark to move this idea forward in the Lean community. Ironically, Mark and I battled several technology gremlins over weeks to complete this task.

    I forgot to mention on the Podcast that VSL worked with Jamie Flinchbaugh of the Lean Learning Center for many months as our new business model took shape. Jamie is a consummate Lean Coach. He helped us form critical moving parts of our new business model.

    Important point on this Podcast is that we don’t claim expertise in social networking. Mark is serious and an advanced user – but there really are no experts. We learn by doing. We learn from our mistakes. We keep experimenting. We don’t wait for applause.

    VSL believes social networking can seriously advance Lean thinking. We believe management engagement is a prerequisite for all talent actions.

    Our journey has just begun. The fun is knowing we’ve only touched the surface. We’re looking forward to creating and managing tangible Lean communities inside businesses. We’ve created standard work to achieve this. Unfortunately, there isn’t a check-list in creating a credible voice (yet).

    While not experts, we have done much research on private – enterprise social networking in business. I welcome your ideas, questions, or comments around this topic.

    My email is jim@valuestreamleaders.com
    Phone: 704.892.5828

    Jim Baran
    Owner, Value Stream Leadership


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